Tuesday, February 24

that was close

i think i made it out, fully recovered and grounded. I dont know why i did it, how even. Phew! gotta be more careful. I just followed one link and then another, and then i got sucked into the narcissistic picture perfect vortex that is the uber fabulous US mommy/foodie/crafty/photography/syndicated book blogger. These women make life seem like one huge bonbonierrie...

4 kids under 5, one with special needs, husband who's never home but we're sooo in love (childhood sweethearts) our church is everything, our friends are fabulous, i can write, i can cook, i can craft, life is a box of chocolates.
Is this real? I felt lied to, cheated, maybe a little decieved. It all just looks so picture perfect gorgeous ( if you're in to that kind of gorgeous) and there's no mention of doubt, introspection, current world climate or even just a little bit of kid vomit, well maybe some mention, but its modern martha stewart styled vomit, not regular low down stinky carrot vomit, wiped up with a retro napkin from a un-matching set of 6 that dont go with the curtains off a kid sporting same retro napkin as head scarfe. I came out gasping for air and an unedited photo.

I got totally sucked in with the those muted pics...white background...over exposure..anyone else had this near death experience or is it me?

Am i just being a grumpy, judgemental bitch?

14 comments:

Laura Jane said...

(snigger)

I know the sort you mean...just a bit too perfect.

One naturally feels like such an underachieving loser - instead of the fabulous multi-talented beings we truly are.

They might look at our blogs with 'blunt honesty-envy'.

You ever consider that?

(returns to sordid cluttered life horrified at the thought that someone may send a camera crew or book editor around to capture a spontaneous family moment)

Rixa said...

Oh now I need the link to that blog so I can look at the image of perfection that she is projecting! Yeah, I agree, it's probably not totally real. Bet she has toilets that need cleaning and counters that get messy just like us mortals.

Kerrie said...

Yep, I have been well & truly sucked in by one of these. It's like a car accident though, I keep going back to look.

It bothers me that this woman looks upon herself as some kind of minor celebrity and uses her (oh, so cute) children to achieve this. She has even set up a forum on her blog so her followers can discuss her and her family.

Like I said, I was drawn in by her cute kids and now cannot help but keep going back to see...it quite sickens me, but somehow I am compelled to keep visiting.

elburro said...

no, I hear you, and I'm thinking that your bullshit radar is probably bang on. There are women who project this kind of perfect in real life too, and when I meet someone like that I invariably want to knock knock on their foreheads...anyone in there? I'm working on a little more empathy, trying to see the fragile, defended person behind the perfection, but that's hard to do.

Em said...

Glad you escaped. Perfect makes my almost-40 armhairs prickle. Even perfect green blogs with witty critique and organic gardening mytomatoisbiggerthanyours blogs weary me now.

Humility is a rare thing ;)

Brabara said...

I find those websites soooo
creepy (and, since I don't
have kids, why am I reading
them?!) - likewise those
ones about wanting to be a
1950's housewife (don't they
realize there was a reason why
valium sales were so high in the
1950's?). I'm glad I'm not the
only grumpy, judgemental bitch
around!

Rest is not idleness said...

Now I'm wondering (like Rixa) which blog this is. When I stumble upon blogs like that I do have to wonder if these people are in the real world. I know there are some people around that are super-organised and manage to do and have everything perfect, fortunately I don't know any of them. Un-matched sets are great when you break or lose something, you don't have to worry that your set won't be complete anymore, you just go and get whatever you want to replace it.
take care
Pip

Sarah said...

YEs sometimes you wonder then you start thinking what am I dong wrong and then you make yourself miserable. I now avoid blogs like this that starts to draw the uncertainess in me. This is why I enjoy your blog - honest, real but also informative.

My conclusions is these people have very low expectations about life and etc so they see everything as rosy - unlike myself who has expectations and standards...

Kel said...

laura jane - LOL. bring on blunt honesty as the new black! shuddering at the thought of spontaneous family moments - i loved the osbornes- made me feel very functional!

Rixa- you know i cant remember who it was, i think it was more a collective issue- one led to the other! see Kerries post and my comment to her! and you know what..something tells me that i dont think they do...

Kerrie- is this anonymous person on your blog roll?, can we have a clue, like Rixa and RINI, im dying to know who IS IT? all i can say is you nailed it...car accident exactly!


elburro - 'bullshit radar is bang on - knock knock...made me laugh. I must confess to feeling quite mortified after posting this post...worried that i might offend, lack of empathy and all...

Em - im feeling reassured by the time your comment rolls in... endless witty critique is tiring.

Barabra- is this you? or have you always been Brabara?? continued laughing with your comment...i sooo agree! 'HELLO! feminism's been around awhile!'

RINI - feeling soo much better about my post when you popped in. Interesting is the definition of 'real'- life can look magical and enviable in a picture.

sarah- LOl- yes, avoidance is the best management technique but somehow i just got lost yesterday! but we all know that just saying no doesnt work!. Thanks for the thumbs up - i think informative has been lacking of late...

Jen said...

My tomatoes are small this year.
And there are bugs on them. And you know what? They taste fantastic!

Tracy said...

Hi Kel, I know the blogs you mean and I actually feel a little sorry for some of these ladies. It must be terrible to have to dress up your real life for the outside world to feel 'blog-worthy'.

Kerrie said...

Yep, she's on my blog roll. Happy to "out" her - My Charming Kids is her blog name. Get this, she is organising a cruise Holiday for next January just so her "followers" can meet her and her youngest son, born healthy late last year after being given a poor prognosis in utero. It was all God's work and the power of prayer that did it. In gratitude she is organising this cruise so the people who prayed can meet & hug her son. For those who can't make the cruise she is having a Summer picnic for the same reason.

It just creeps me out but I cannot help but be drawn to it.

Kel said...

kerrie- omg! i just checked it out; she really has organsied a carribean cuise for all her blog fans to come be with her!! FARK!!! that is jut like waaay totally weird...hmm, maybe the witsundays...

craftapalooza said...

I could be opening up a big old can-o-worms here :) but maybe she blogs this way as an escape of her daily vomit, chaos etc? I know I don't share all the dirty in my life and I like that I can choose what to and what to not share on my blog :)